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Religion's great decline

Varied responses to religion's 'Great Decline'

A new study that shows the decline of religion in America may be worse than imagined, but it neither impressed nor shocked Craig Nash, community pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco.

       
Evangelicals have higher divorce rates, Baylor report says

Evangelicals have higher divorce rates, Baylor report says

Despite their strong pro-family values, evangelical Christians have higher than average divorce rates, according to findings by Baylor University researchers.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Faith leaders wrestle with legal marijuana

As public opinion has shifted in support of legalized marijuana, religious leaders are wrestling over the issue.

       

Link between big sporting events, trafficking questioned

Some activists and elected officials point to major sporting events as magnets human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Others say that link is unfounded in fact and actually harms ongoing anti-trafficking efforts.

       
Interfaith marriage

Pastor raises issues for interfaith couples to consider

Ministers who provide premarital pastoral counseling to interfaith couples should help them think seriously about their faith and the faith of a future spouse, a Baptist pastor with experience in interfaith dialogue suggests.

       
Interfaith marriage

Navigating interfaith marriage

Interfaith dating and marriage is becoming less and less of an issue for young Christians. In fact, interfaith unions account for more than four out of 10 marriages in the United States, according to researcher Naomi Schaefer Riley.

       
What is abortifacient?

'Abortifacient'? Definitions fuel Obamacare fight

Conception. Pregnancy. Abortion. Abortifacient. Those words today are in a rhetorical swamp where contesting religious, medical and political views muddy understanding. And soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will wade in.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Is cremation green?

Although traditional Islam and Judaism forbid cremation, most other religions accept the practice—and cremation is the fastest-growing way Americans choose to deal with their bodies after death. But is it green?

       
sharing medical bills

Some Christians see sharing medical bills as a godly alternative

Despite the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act a growing number of American Christians have joined so-called health sharing ministries—faith-based alternatives to insurance.

       
divorce rates spread

Study: Conservative Protestants’ divorce rates spread to their red state neighbors

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates. So are their neighbors, according to a new study.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Super Bowl faith

Most Americans don’t think God will pick the Super Bowl champion or any other sports winner.

       
Atheists and fatherhood

Do absentee fathers create atheists?

A once-popular book that links atheism with shoddy fathering is getting a second life with a new publisher, thanks, in part, to the rise of nonbelief in the United States.

       
Medical ethics

Ethicists criticize treatment of brain-dead patients

The cases of two young women—a California teen and a pregnant Texas mother—have generated sympathy for their families, but also have left some doctors and bioethicists upset about their treatment.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Campolo closing his ministry

Tony Campolo announced the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, a progressive organization he founded nearly 40 years ago, will close June 30. 

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Anglicans lose 'devil' from baptism ritual

The Church of England has been accused of watering down its baptism service by introducing an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their sins or reject the devil.

       
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